Srinagar- In a first since its detection, three cases of Omicron – new variant of Covid – have been confirmed from a locality in Jammu by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“Three Omicron cases confirmed by NCDC, Delhi from a cluster in Jammu. Sample taken on 30th November. RTPCR testing of entire locality ordered”, reads a tweet by Health & Medical Education Department.
“Please observe Covid Appropriate Behaviour”, the tweet further reads.
Three Omicron cases confirmed by NCDC, Delhi from a cluster in Jammu. Sample taken on 30th November. RTPCR testing of entire locality ordered.
Please observe Covid Appropriate Behaviour.
— Health & Medical Education Department J&K (@HealthMedicalE1) December 21, 2021
Officials said the three have no foreign history and their condition is stable .
Principal Government Medical College, Jammu, Shashi Sudan said two of the patients were from Talab Tiloo and another is a resident of Ban Talab area in Jammu.
“The condition of all the three patients is stable,” she said, adding that they have no travel history abroad.
The officials said all the close contacts of the three Omicron patients were identified and tested over the past three weeks.
Pertinent to mention here that India has at least 200 cases of the new Omicron variant till now, the health ministry said on Tuesday.
J&K Logs 104 New Cases, 1 Death
Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir reported on Tuesday 104 fresh cases of novel coronavirus while one more person succumbed to the deadly infection in the Union Territory during the last 24 hours.
According to officials, 78 new cases of coronavirus were reported from Kashmir Valley and the remaining 26 from Jammu division, taking the total number of people infected since the outbreak of pandemic in J&K to 340036.
In the Valley, officials said, Srinagar reported highest 40 new cases of Covid-19, Kupwara 15, Ganderbal 9, Bandipora and Baramulla 4 each, Anantnag 3, Pulwama 2 and one new case in Kulgam. No new cases were reported in Budgam and Shopian districts.
In the winter capital, officials said, Jammu reported a maximum of 18 new cases of virus, Rajouri and Doda 3 and one new case each in Kathua and Kishtwar. The five districts of Udhampur, Samba, Poonch, Ramban and Reasi reported no fresh cases.
“Moreover, 139 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 29 from Jammu Division and 110 from Kashmir Division,” the officials said.
Also, they said, one more person succumbed to coronavirus in the Jammu division, taking the death toll to 4514 in J&K—2195 in Jammu and 2319 in Kashmir.
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